Mini Cherry Muffins

Previously, cherry season pretty much passed me by before I even knew it was here.  Other local produce tends to arrive, hang out for an extended chat, and slowly move on its way.  Its like really enjoying a song on your iPod, then seeing the band in concert and they stretch out the music with the perfect guitar solo.  The local corn, peppers, tomatoes, squash are old school rock and roll.  Cherries are more punk rock.  You see the trees, the blossoms, the gorgeous cherries hanging from the branches by the hundreds.  Finally, families open the orchards for business and bam!  its over before you know it.  One super sonic punk number going full throttle, then  disappearing off stage.

Here’s your chance to make some punk rock cherry muffins before the season’s over.

Cherries from Seko Ranch.

Mini Cherry Muffins

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup butter, softened

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed, plus a few TBS more for sprinkling on the muffins

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup cherries, pitted and chopped

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease 24 mini pan or place paper inserts into cups.

2.  In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, and the granulated sugar.  Beat until light and fluffy.

4.  Beat in the egg then the buttermilk and mix well.  Add the flour mixture into the buttermilk mix and stir until just blended.  Fold in the cherries.

5.  Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Sprinkle with brown sugar.  Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until they pass the clean toothpick test.

Notes:

  • This recipe came from the tried and true method of looking in the fridge and pantry, checking recipes, and just figuring out what should work.
  • The next time I make these, I’ll go for regular size cupcakes so there is a better proportion of fluffy parts to crusty parts.
  • Hint:  do not chop cherries wearing khakis.  🙂
  • A great resource for those in the California bay area wanting to pick cherries is Brentwood Cherries.
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2 responses to “Mini Cherry Muffins

  1. ah, the ever-elusive proper ratio of cake to crust–good luck with that. 🙂
    the cherries make gorgeous little jewels in your muffins, and that’s for darn tootin’.

  2. You described it beautifully! Alas, the cherries we’ve been buying taste more like Milli Vanilli than any good punk rock song….

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